Empowering Insurance Careers

The Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP®) designation is the quality benchmark for those starting or building a career in insurance. In addition to gaining a firm grounding in insurance education, you can also seize the opportunity to meet broker or adjuster licensing requirements with selected courses.

Your tailored CIP program starts with mandatory courses that cover core knowledge and skills essential for all insurance professionals. You can then choose three applied and two elective courses from a broad list of options.

Study with Us

When you register for the CIP program, you join the Insurance Institute, a member-based organization that has provided professional development to Canada’s property & casualty (p&c) insurance industry for over a century. Our courses are developed by industry professionals for industry professionals, in collaboration with the Institute’s education and insurance professionals. The Insurance Institute is committed to delivering education programs and designations that meet the current and future needs of today’s competitive business world.

Learning formats

CIP courses are offered in a variety of formats. You can choose from the following learning modes:

Independent Study

Study at your own pace without an instructor or classmates. We’ll send you the materials you need.

Virtual Classroom

Join scheduled lectures from anywhere, collaborate with classmates and ask questions in real time.

In-class Learning

Attend instructor-led lectures at a location in your region. Enjoy face-to-face communication with classmates.

Become a CIP

To earn your CIP designation you must complete 10 courses and at least one year of full-time employment in the general insurance, life insurance, or a related financial services industry.

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Academic terms

Fall term September to December
Exam session December
Winter term January to April
Exam session April
Spring term April to July
Exam session July

Most students find taking one course per semester allows them to balance full-time insurance jobs with personal lives. Some students have a schedule or preference that allows them to take two or three courses each semester. You can choose what works for you. We also offer ‘weekend warrior’ or condensed one-week classes that can increase your pace. Most students complete the program within two to five years.

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Earn your CIP badge


CIP badge

We've partnered with Credly to issue a digital version of your accreditation that you can display everywhere, from your email signature and personal website to social media channels and digital resume. Once your Designation has been granted, you'll receive an email with a personal link to your badge. You've worked hard, now let the world know all that you've achieved.


Hear what graduates have to say

“I have always wanted to have a professional career in insurance. The CIP didn’t change that, it provided me with tools that helped me understand the industry and its reach. It also facilitated my networking process within the industry. Had I not taken the CIP, I believe my insurance connections would be different from what they are now.” Javier Bravo
“Coming from a family of insurance professionals, I knew that I wanted to work in the industry, but I did not know in what capacity. I decided to enrol in the CIP program because I wanted to broaden my knowledge of the insurance industry and learn more about the career opportunities available to young professionals. The CIP does a really great job of providing a well-rounded curriculum that educates students on different business functions and career paths available.” Juliette Vaccarello
“The technical knowledge I have gained from the CIP program has been very applicable in my day-to-day work and has increased my confidence as an insurance professional. I often find myself faced with a question or a situation and have an “aha” flashback moment where I can bring it back to something I learned in one of my courses.” Mallory Baker